How To Prepare Yourself For Taking On New Design Clients

Taking on new clients can be a dream for fresh freelancers... or a dreaded endeavour for the inexperienced. You don't know your worth, your clients' expectations or even what your edge on the competition is. It's very easy to undervalue yourself when you're first starting out! But what if you knew what to ask these higher-paying clients? Would you still be intimidated by taking on higher-paying...

Questions To Ask Yourself When Trying To Nail Down Your Niche + Why You Need To Envision Your Success

Do you ever feel lost in what you're doing? Do you have trouble remembering the bigger picture? As artists and creative people, it can be easy to forget why we began creating in the first place. It can so easily feel like you're talking into the vacuum of space, posting all your hard work into a black hole. So how you do get noticed? You need "a thing", or a niche. Something important to us as...
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The Best Way To Spend Your Time As A Creative Business Owner

Before I started this project, I really had no clue what I did in a day. If there’s no pictures, it didn’t happen as far as my memory is concerned But when I recently had to write a piece on my experiences as a creative business owner and freelancer, I had to figure out what I actually did before I could start writing. During this project I also came across a big problem... It’s difficult...

How Artists Can Use Their Art To Improve Their Self-Care Routine

I have trouble making time for my art these days — I bet you can relate.  Something about having to find the right lighting and drag out all my supplies has me constantly putting off my painting. The thought of sitting down for 3 hours to illustrate sometimes has me hiding my pens away. We make excuses, sometimes without noticing they’re excuses at all. An uninspired mind creates a lack...

How To Keep Working On Your Art When You’re Burnt-Out

Let’s face it — we all get burnt out. It can look like working over-time and living off take-out for a week, or for me it looks more like eating pizza in bed with my cats and not contacting another soul for days. Winter is known to worsen our mental health (or “steal your spoons”, as I like to say) — between the pressure of holidays and the physical stress of the cold, it's easy to...

My Top 10 Free Apps I Actually Use For My Online Art Business

These 10 apps will help you nail your next art project, keep on top of your clients, and build your social media presence! I’ve been using an iPad Pro since I began working for myself, back in 2016. It was the first investment I had ever made in my business, ever. It was a big deal! There were a lot of things I needed out out one device and couldn’t spend so much. I had limited experience...

How To Find Your Art Niche And Why You Need One To Rock Your Business This Year

Finding a niche is easier said than done. I'm going to give you some tips on where to look for your niche interests and talents, as well as some journalling (or deep thinking) prompts to help you get in the right mindsetFinding a niche is easier said than done. I'm going to give you some tips on where to look for your niche interests and talents, as well as some journalling (or deep thinking)...
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The Truth About How I Started An Online Art Business What You Should Know Before Getting Started

In the beginning... I was a stable and reliable worker my entire educational career. I went to school full time, volunteered 15 hours per week on campus, and had two separate tutoring gigs going while never missing an appointment. These days, it can take all my effort to be on time for a single meeting with a client and I'm sure you can relate to this. My art career started when I was a college...

How I Accidentally Started A Brand And You Can Too!

Before writing more great advice about creating content, I wanted to give you a run-down of my background, what I make, and how I got started. I’ve been really excited to share this story, as I feel it’s a great learning experience to share with other creators, whether you’re just starting out, or stuck in a career-rut. Toadstool Illustrates is the online apparel and print shop I run....

How I Successfully Improved My Etsy Shop Performance: Love Setting Up As A New Shop Owner!

If you are: Someone who has ever wanted to run a side hustleA creator with too much physical merchandiseAn artist with an overflowing archiveA crocheter or any other talented crafter with more creations than you can give away My point is, if you make anything, one of my favourite ways for you to make an easy income is Etsy. I want to be transparent that this is not a sponsored post, I’m just a...